St. Mary’s is the parish church of Peldon, a village south of Colchester, Essex.

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The Friends of St. Mary’s (Registered Charity 1114809) fundraises for repairs, restoration work and improvements to this Grade 1 listed building, for it to continue as a place of worship and a community venue for use by all.

Since 2006 the Friends has raised over £50,000 for such work, but more fundraising is needed to help get this building into good order for the next generation. We intend to do just that, and enjoy ourselves along the way!

Find out what we’ve achieved and How you can support us.

Next event: ‘Folk Music in East Anglia’

Dispelling the Myths! With Professor Bill Tamblyn. Vaughan Williams, Cecil Sharp and George Butterworth collected here a century ago. Is local traditional music alive today? Tuesday 17th September at 7.30pm in St. Mary’s.

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Some events for the Autumn

Folk Music in East Anglia Tuesday 17th September, 7.30pm at St. Mary’s. Harvest Supper Saturday 28th September, 7pm at St. Mary’s. Friends AGM Saturday 30th October, 7.30pm at St. Mary’s. Shanty Night Saturday 16th November, 7.30pm at Peldon & Wigboroughs Community Hall.

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‘Music for a Summer Evening’ – report

The Elite Quartet The Beaufort Ensemble Octavia (Quire) Elaine Barker Wednesday 17th July A delightful concert with light music for Strings by Karl Jenkins, Percy Grainger and Piazzola; wind music by Gerschwin, Irving Berlin and Freddie Mercury; and Octavia’s usual blend of songs from Africa, Europe, and a couple of Tamblyn originals. Elaine Barker presented […]

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St Mary the Virgin Peldon

Church Open Tower & afternoon teas

Sunday 11th August, 1.30 to 4.30pm. Ascend 88 steps for stupendous views ! Admission: £2.50 adults, £1 children. Also on Saturday 24th August and Sunday 22nd September.

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‘Research and Presentations’ – report of event

A large audience came to this evening of local history, which was hosted by the Friends of St. Mary’s. Presentations were given by Prof. Bill Tamblyn, Elaine Barker, Mike Watson, and Geoff Gonella. Bill gave a progress report on the Peldon history research that has been carried out since the introductory Talks by Patrick Denny, […]

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Peldon Fete 2019 – CANCELLED

Sorry, but due to worsening wind conditions the Fete has had to be cancelled. Our apologies to all affected, but the changeable wind affected the safety of the tents. The Grand Draw is hoped to be run at another of our events, so would ticket-holders please bear with us while we re-arrange things. Thank you.

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Next event: ‘Research and Presentations’

On Wednesday 15th May there will be an evening about the local history of Peldon – the houses, people, groups, and all the latest scandal!! It starts at 7.30pm at St. Mary’s church, Peldon. Admission is a £5 donation to the Friends of St. Mary’s.

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